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long as it's dry. tonight, unstoppable. ted cruz's dire warning about donald trump as the front-runner surges and nabs major endorsements just six days until iowa. cliffhanger. evacuations under way with an entire community on edge tumbling into the sea. a state of emergency as el nino unleashes its wrath on the california coast. where's the response? nbc news has learned amid the toxic water crisis in flint, no pipes are being replaced. we ask the governor why not. warning signs for pregnant women and mothers of newborns. a big announcement from doctors about diagnosing depression. and remembering abe vivida. sadly this time it's for real. from "the godfather" to "barney miller,"
"nightly news" begins right now. >> a aouncer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. time is shoror and the to-do list is long for the men and women running for president. in just six days we will be counting actual votes in iowa, but in the final stretch it's all about the polls, and tonight they appea to confirm a dramatic reversal of fortune among the two republican front-runners. donald trump now ahead in a state that once seemed to be ted cruz's to lose. and more worrisome for the cruz camp is trump is lining up what could be key endorsements high drama in the democratic contests, too. we've got both races covered startrng with nbc's katy tur. hi, katy. >> reporter: hey there, lester, you know it's crunch time when one candidate is flying known endorsements and the other issuing a warning. donald trump is about to take the stage joined by arizona
known for his hardline stance on immigration. the clock is ticking in iowa. six days left and donald trump is pulling ahead. today leading in five of the last six major polls here. the race now a cage match between the billionaire and his texas rival ted cruz. each looking for a knockout punch. >> we have a very powerful endorsement coming down today. >> r rorter: for trump a major evangelical endorsement, jerry falwell, jr., who spoke glowingly of trump at liberty universi last week. >> in my opinion donald trump lives the life of loving and helping others as jesus taught in the great commandment. >> reporter: 57% of iowa gop caucus-goers identified as evangelical or born again in 2012, and whileeruz has the edge among those voters by most accounts, trump is dominating among moderate voters, meaning he may only need to be competitive among evangelicals to win. and falwell could give trump the credibility he needs. >> it's a very, very close race, and so little things on the
a little bit of a difference. >> reporter: cruz, meanwhile, is staying faithful to his ground game barnstorming iowa with another seven stops on his bus tour, remaining confident publicly. >> the judgment that the men and women of iowa are makg is who has a proven record as a consistent severtive who has been the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. >> reporter: but in a video obtained by cbn privately warning pastors -- >> and if donald wins iowa, he right now has a substantial lead in new hampshire. there's a very good chance he could be unstoppable and be our nominee. >> reporter: seven months of campaigning and it's all down to these last few days. katy tur, nbc news, marshalltown, iowa. >> thank you. >> i'm casey hunt in iowa where bernie sanders says he feels like a winner. >> if we have a large voter turnout we will win and we will win g. >> reporter: hillary clinton trying to avoid reliving the past in iowa.
heart out for you as your presidenen >> reporter: a new campaign ad showing voters just how long she's been in the fight. it's a reminder for young voters. >> i've been on the front lines of change and progress since i was your age. when i worked on health care back in '93 and '94, and i don't know if youou were born then, i can't quite tell, but if you had been around and had been able to pay attention, i was trying to get us to universal health care coverage. >> reporter: sanders is older than clinton. >> you're 75 now. you would be -- >> 74. >> reporter: but an nbc news survey monkey poll out today shows young voters support him by a wide margin, just like they backed barack obama in 2008. are you the heir to president obama here in iowa? >> i wouldn't -- look, no. obama in 2008 ran a campaign which is really going stay in the history books. i think in this campaign that we are going to match that? i would love to see us
i hope we can. frankly, i don't think we can. >> reporter: sanders and clinton both leaving iowa today. a trademark crowd of thousands waiting for sanders in minnesota. clinton fund-raising on the east coast. >> with both candidates out of the state i think they both are looking ahead and saying that there's going to be a day where iowa is not the focus. >> reporter: coming into view, a slog of a nomination fight. clinton can't pull out a win here in iowa. sanders says he's going to fight for this nomination all the way to the convention, but if he can't beat clinton in iowa, that roa is going to be a lot lester? thank you. we want to let you know tomorrow i'll speak to bernie sanders about the race and about his chances just five days until iowa. we'll have it for you right here tomorrow night. the big scare today at a navy medical center in san diego after someone reported hearing gunshots. the federal health lockdown as law enforcement flooded the scene. qfficers going room to room looking for a
in the end, no one was found. just thousands of people left with frayed nerves from a terrifying ordeal. in northern california tonight, evacuations amid a real life cliffhanger. a neighborhood hanging on the edge as a powerful el nino eats away the coastline and may take homes with it. nbc's gabe gutierrez has all the high drama. >> reporter: on the california coast just a few feet separate these apartments from disaster. the building hanging in the balance. and michael mchenry hanging on to what he has left. >> the surff is so hard when it comes up, the whole place shakes and there's no way you're going to sleep regardless of what you try to do. >> reporr: structure that once allowed him such stunning ruse is now teetering on the edge of oblivion. still, despite evacuation orders, 5 of the 20 residents living here are refusing to leave. >> i have nowhere to go, so i will be here. >> reporter: the severe erosion blamed on el nino.
looked like in 1997. this is what it looks ke today. >> we knew that this day was going to come. >> reporter: last night the city council approved an emergency declaratio allowing pacifica to ask for state and federal money to fight coastal erosion. the area has tussled with el nino before. stroro storms in 1998 booted several homes off this cliff. then in 2010 two buildings were evacuated and condemned. this season torrential downpours might hp relieve california's historic drought, but pacifica is feeling the downside, quite literally. >> el nino pretty much guarantees we'll have more numerous storms and that's a pounding effect on the coastal area and more chances for beach erosion. >> reporter: for michael mchenry it's not just his home but his life that seems to be collapsing. >> i'm about to be on the street. the ocean, if it wants us, it's going to come take us. we don't have the power to slow it down or stopit. >> reporter: tonight he's moving his
place else to stay in this town tired of living on the edge. residents here are allowed inside to pack, but they are not allowed and not supposed to spend the night. still, some of them are ignoring that order even though anothe storm is expected this weekend. lester. >> sucm a remarkable scene. gabe, thank you. on the east coast many are still digging out from the blizzard of 2016. in the nation's capital the federal government remains shut down again today as did many school districts in several states. as nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer tells us, progress is being made, butor many it is not coming soon enough. >> reporter: in washington, d.c. the snow emergency will be lifted tomorrow as many here are still knee-deep i frustration. >> it's l le all of winter in one weekend. >> reporter: today in the bitter cold a woman rescued after spending three days trapped in her car. it's been nearly 70 hours since the last snowfall, and neighborhoods still
>> enough is enough. we've had the winter's snow already. we're finished. >> reporter:n new jersey snow brought down the roof on this skating rink. at the shore, the floodwaters have receded but not the anger. governor christie criticized last night after returning to the campaign trail. >> i don't know what you expect me to do, to go down there with a mop? >> i think it takes had a little bit more than a mop for this. the home is not livable anymore. >> reporter: after outrage from some local officials tonight an apology. >> my apology was i really felt badly about it. >> reporter: in new york city they are shoveling 7.25 tons of snow. enough to fill yankee stadium 66 times, andnd in queens a lot of it is still on the street. if you need an ambulance, how are they going to get through? god forbid you have a fire. >> reporter: in virginia there has been progress this. neighborhood we showed you last night finally looks like this. even though cancellations are down at airports, the complaints tonight are these smaller city
the cleanup is far from finished. lester? >> miguel almaguer, thank you. the fbi says it has foiled a mass shootingnglot in milwaukee. 23-year-old samy mohammed h ha mzeh has been charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer. the fbi says he was planning to carry out a shooting rampage at a masonic temple. he was arrested after the fbi says he bought a gun from two undercover sources. six cleveland police officers removed from the force todada for the shooting deaths of an unarmed couple during a high speed chase where well over 100 bullets were fired in just a few seconds. as nbc's blake mccoy reports, it took the city more than three years to fire the officers. >> reporter: a car sits riddled with bullets. two people dead inside following a 2012 high speed chase through the streets of cleveland. it began when officers tried to pull over the car and mistook an
>> drive into the parking lot. >> reporter: today new audio from investigators reveal the moment that the unarmed pair was cornered. 120 rounds fired at timothy russell and melissa williams in just ten seconds. state investititors diagrammed the shooting showing how chaotic and dangerous all of that crossfire was to fellow officers. then, this photo showing the windshield after one overs stood on the hood of the car, even after the couple had been subdued and fired down at close range. discharged. >> reporter: that officer, michael one criminally charge the. he was later acquitted. tonight he has been fired along with five other officers, six face suspension, a 13th officer rered last year. >> it was very difficult, very us. >> reporter: the police union came out disciplinary action politically motivated. 101. country.
here in cleveland. >> reporter: the justice department has found cleveland police to have frequently used excessive foe. tonight a move meant to provide closure to a city and two families. blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. now to the growing outrage over the toxic water crisis in flint, michigan. the mayor says it could cost as much as $1.5 billion to fix e lead contaminated water system, but nbc's stephanie gosk has found so far none of the pipes so far are not being replace snootd plumbers in flint say they are ready. >> we've got guys ailable. if i need 200 guys next i can get them. >> reporter: but the plummers in flint haven't gotten the call. nbc news has learned from city officials and the plumbers union there's currently no lead pipes being replaced and the plumbers tell us they haven't done any work since the october announcement that the water wanes safe. harold harrington showed us a lead service pipe.
with gloves on. the corrosive water basically strips the inside of the pipe. >> and yes, and exposes the lead. >> reporter: there are as many as 25,000 lines just likeehis in flint, running from the water main in the street to peopop's homes. buried five to six feet deep did. the only way to replace them is to dig them up. >> that's going to take several years to complete the job, but the longer we delay, the longer p%lple are at risk. >> reporter: professor marty kaufman is creating a map of the lead pipes for city officials. do you know where all. lead pipes are? >> no, we do not. >> reporter: here is a part, a big part, of what they are up against. the record for the service lines with kept on these 3 x 5 cards. this one is from 1948 handwritten in pencil, illegible in parts and there are an estimated 50,000 cards in these cabinets. on top of that every home needs to be assessed by experts like harrington. the cost of those repairs will fall on the meowner.
brown, a great great grandfdfher who worked for 38 years on the assembly line at buick. he's still paying a more than $100 had a month bill for water his family can't drink. >> that line is ad. >> reporter: fixing the problem could cost as much as $10,000. >> i would be thinking that it's not our fault. >> reporter: his great granddaughter blames the governor. >> i guarantee you his grandchildren isn't drinking this water. they are not bathing in this water. they not cooking with this water. so why should we? it's not fair. >> reporter: tonight the gornor's office tells us that the treatment they are now using in the water will create a protective layer around the pipes, and they will rely on experts to determine when the water is safe. they also say that they have asked for money in the state budget to replace some of the pipes. lester? >> sphanie gosk tonight, thank you. and a programming note my colleague rachel maddow will host a town hall on this crisis live from
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today recommending screening every adult@ for depression, and for the first time advises screening not only for new mothers but also for women even before they give birth. nbc's anne thompson has the details. >> reporter: this shouldlde a joyous time for women, but today a government panel of independent experts acknowledges it may not be. and recommends all women before and after birth be screen ford depression, something that affects one in seven moms. >> women want to have these conversations because they are recognizing themselves that somomhing is amis. >> reporter: it's so prevalent. >> reporter: in 2005 brooke shields shattered the silence on the "today" show d now on the red carpet this month actress hayden pannetiere telling e news she's proud to be a spokesperson after getting help following the birth of her doubter. >> doesn't mean they are weak or a bad mom or doesn't mean they are strange and they
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i can do that! finally tonight, our farewell to one of the greatharacter actors in hollywood, from movies like "the godfather" to "barney miller" on tv. abe vigoda was beloved and after several false reports of his death over the years became the stuff of legend. sadly this time it's tr. nbc's kevin tibbles has a look back. >> reporter: he just had one of those faces, kind of droopy and warm, and those were the sorts of characters abe vigoda played best. as phil fish on the '70s cop sitcom "barney miller."
was also the double-crossing mobster sal it'sio in "the godfather" until he was bumped off. >> tell mike to mind his business. >> reporter: vigoda also gained notoriety for not being dead. it was in 1982 that had a magazine declared he was no more. vigoda played it for all it was worth on te night television. >> come on. be here with your own kind. >> abe vigoda. >> reporter: he was also a favorite guest of the "today" show. >> thank snow and abe vigoda twitter feed even popped up with the sole purpose of reporting iffe was dead or alive. it garnered 10,000 followers. he later appeared in a supepebowl ad for snickers candy bars back in 2010 with betty white. they were both 88 years old. >> that hurt. >> reporter: born ab@aham charles vigoda